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Best Comedy Anime

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Humor is an underrated component of storytelling in anime, often overshadowed by action-packed fight scenes and colorful romances. Still, almost every anime has at least a few comic moments, even when the show itself revolves around a serious subject.


Comedy anime are wide-ranging in terms of style and story. Some are satires of overused anime clichés, while others blend wittiness with action-adventure. No two comedic anime are exactly alike and each show brings something unique to the table. It only takes a few episodes to fall in love with the best comedy anime.

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Best Comedy Anime Of Winter 2024

The Winter 2024 anime season is slowly coming to an end, and it has been a delightful ride. While only featuring a couple of truly great shows, the quarter is filled with good anime that should be fun additions to most people’s weeks. Action and isekai have hogged the limelight, producing both quantity and even quality. Meanwhile, romance fans have been treated to two of Winter’s best series, along with a couple of decent but unspectacular options.

Finally, the season has several comedy anime that are worth checking out. Despite featuring an unlikable protagonist, Bucchigiri?! handles slapstick well for the most part. ‘Tis Time for “Torture,” Princess is weirdly wholesome, something that cannot be said for Gushing Over Magical Girls. Nevertheless, the latter blends ecchi, action, and humor to create a unique package. Delicious in Dungeon is a great comedic take on the fantasy genre, while Sasaki and Peeps and Tsukimichi: Moonlit Fantasy do the same for isekai.

What are Winter 2024’s funniest anime?

Mashle: Magic and Muscles – The Divine Visionary Candidate Exam Arc

mashle season 2 episode 1

Mashle: Magic And Muscles

MyAnimeList Score
8.13 (Season 2)

Studio
A-1 Pictures

Creator
Hajime Kōmoto

Mashle‘s season 2 has done a great job of building on its predecessor’s decent but not amazing foundations. While fun, the first cour relied way too heavily on Mash to deliver laughs, to the point of becoming almost boring whenever the protagonist was not part of a scene. This resulted in a decline in momentum during the second half of the season when the heroes split up for individual fights. Season 2 has wisely opted to keep Mash close to the action as much as possible, all the while strengthening the comedic roles of characters like Barrett and Ames.

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Mashle has found its groove, resulting in consistent laughter. Even the fight sequences are more creative than in the first season, and they are often elevated by endearing commentary by the likes of Finn and Lemon. Mash still carries the series on his muscular shoulders, but he is no longer the only reason to watch this comedy anime.

Urusei Yatsura Season 2

Urusei Yatsura (2022) Season 2 episode 1 edit

Urusei Yatsura (2022)

MyAnimeList Score
7.70 (Season 2)

Studio
David Production

Creator
Rumiko Takahashi

Number of Episodes
23

Streaming Service(s)
HIDIVE

Rumiko Takahashi’s Urusei Yatsura is an all-time classic manga that received a great anime in the early ’80s. While that series is difficult to track down and watch in this day and age, the 2022 adaptation is readily available on HIDIVE, and it is just as good as its ancestor. Aliens invade Earth, and the planet’s safety comes down to a contest between Lum, the daughter of the invaders’ leader, and Ataru, a guy who has a one-track mind. Long story short, Earth is spared as Lum falls in love with Ataru, leading to them becoming engaged despite the human’s objections.

Even though character growth is not completely absent, Urusei Yatsura is a sitcom that mostly sticks to the status quo. Most episodes revolve around Ataru’s promiscuous nature and Lum’s tendency to electrocute her darling, although they are supported by a great roster of secondary characters. With great animation, timeless slapstick, and generally likable characters (except for maybe Ataru), Urusei Yatsura lives up to its source material’s legacy.

Brave Bang Bravern!

Brave Bang Bravern

Brave Bang Bravern!

Japanese Title
Yuuki Bakuhatsu Bang Bravern

MyAnimeList Score
7.14

Studio
CygamesPictures

Number of Episodes
12

Brave Bang Bravern! deserves a mention as the mecha show has flown by largely unnoticed, and many people might not be aware that it is genuinely pretty funny. CygamesPictures’ series strikes a really weird tone as the human characters are fairly straight-laced and serious; conversely, the main mecha, Bravern, is the definition of over-the-top.

While the latter seems ripped right out of a comedic Super Robot anime, the rest of the show has more in common with a real robot military story, creating a hilarious juxtaposition that threatens to break the human protagonist’s brain. Also, 50% of Bravern’s dialogue consists of double entendres, which is fun.

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34 KamiKatsu: Working For God In A Godless World

MyAnimeList: 6.75

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KamiKatsu: Working For God In A Godless World

Japanese Title
Kaminaki Sekai no Kamisama Katsudou

Release Date
April 6, 2023

Studio
Studio Palette

Creator
Aoi Akashiro

Number of Episodes
12

Like every season of the last few years, Spring 2023 had its share of isekai tales. While perhaps not the theme’s “best” offering, KamiKatsu is certainly among the most unhinged and hilarious isekai of all time. The son of a cult leader, Yukito is sacrificed by his father and, in his dying moment, wishes to awaken in a world that does not believe in gods. Surprisingly, Yukito gets his wish, and he finds himself in a society with no religion, deities, or fear of death. Long story short, the protagonist ends up summoning a god (Mitama), and they set out to revitalize the latter’s power by acquiring followers.

KamiKatsu‘s premise might not scream “comedy,” but it is all in the execution. The writing has an irreverent and dark sense of humor that pays no mind to common decency. Naturally, this style of comedy is an acquired taste, but KamiKatsu goes for broke and deserves praise for embracing its ridiculousness. Studio Palette also incorporates many visual gags that presumably reflect the anime’s limited budget.

33 The Devil Is A Part-Timer!

MyAnimeList: 7.74 (Season 1)

The Devil Is A Part-Timer!

The Devil Is a Part-Timer!

Japanese Title
Hataraku Maou-sama!

Release Date
April 4, 2013

Studio
White Fox, Studio 3Hz

Creator
Satoshi Wagahara

Number of Episodes
37

Streaming Service(s)
Crunchyroll , Hulu , Tubi , Funimation

One of the best zany premises ever conjured up, The Devil is a Part-Timer! is the story of Satan, who after getting stuck in the mortal realm, must take up a job at a local fast-food restaurant.

As expected, the resulting madness yields hilarious outcomes for Satan and his hungry customers. The anime originally ended a 13-episode run in 2013, but sequels started to air in 2022. The first season is consistently hilarious as it forces extraordinary characters to adapt to the most mundane of situations. Unfortunately, the sequels really struggle to replicate the original’s magic. Not only do they have underwhelming storytelling and animation, but they are also not that funny.

32 Hozuki’s Coolheadedness

MyAnimeList: 7.77 (Season 1)

Three characters from Hozuki's Coolheadedness

Hozuki’s Coolheadedness

Japanese Title
Hoozuki no Reitetsu

Release Date
January 10, 2014

Studio
Wit Studio, Studio Deen

Creator
Natsumi Eguchi

Number of Episodes
39

Streaming Service(s)
HIDIVE

Hell does not run itself. That’s Hozuki’s Coolheadedness‘ entire premise, as the anime turns the afterlife into a workplace comedy. Although second in the totem pole, the eponymous demon effectively keeps hell ticking, a job that is not only very important but also rather difficult. Calm, collected, and armed with a massive club, Hozuki takes himself very seriously, and he expects the same from his subordinates. If they do not meet his expectations, the demon will not hesitate to set them straight, and their education will be painful.

Although not packed with laugh-out-loud moments, Hozuki’s Coolheadedness combines a likable roster of characters with a fresh setting to craft an easy-to-watch series. Along with producing its share of laughs, the anime provides an accessible and charming look into Japanese mythology.

31 Shimoneta: A Boring World Where The Concept Of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist

MyAnimeList: 7.23

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Shimoneta

Japanese Title
Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai

Release Date
July 4, 2015

Studio
J.C.Staff

Creator
Hirotaka Akagi

Number of Episodes
12

After the dystopian government outlaws lewd content and language, society seems to move away from immoral behaviors. That is, until a mysterious foul-mouthed terrorist begins disturbing pornographic material around the city.

In this wacky take on the high school sex comedy genre, Shimoneta balances the social commentary with laughs for a hilariously good time in what could be one of the most memorable comedy anime in recent memory. This show is perfect for anime fans who love a good dirty joke.

30 One-Punch Man

MyAnimeList: 8.50 (Season 1)

Saitama (One Punch Man)

One Punch Man

Release Date
October 5, 2015

Studio
Madhouse, J.C.Staff

Creator
One

Number of Episodes
24

Streaming Service(s)
Hulu , Netflix

The perfect blend of awesome superhero action and gut-busting comedy series, One-Punch Man is one of the coolest anime shows ever. Saitama is the titular hero of the show, an unlikely hero with the ability to destroy any opponent with a single punch.

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The comedic moments round out the show’s intense fighting sequences nicely, especially when supervillains and superheroes gawk at the improbable power of the unsuspecting Saitama. A clever parody of superhero culture and over-the-top action anime, One-Punch Man continues to be ranked among the best anime series of all time.

29 From Today, It’s My Turn!!

MyAnimeList: 8.05

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Kyou kara Ore wa!!

Release Date
April 1, 1993

Studio
Pierrot

Creator
Hiroyuki Nishimori

Number of Episodes
10

An obscure OVA series from the ’90s, From Today, It’s My Turn!! is a pain to find in this day and age, but the anime is good enough to warrant the effort. Takashi and Shinji are two high schoolers who want to get a fresh start, so they decide to revamp their looks and embrace the delinquent lifestyle. Unsurprisingly, they initially butt heads over their similar goals, especially since Shinji’s straight-laced and stoic demeanor clashes with Takashi’s Looney Tunes-style energy. However, after they realize they cannot seem to escape each other, they reluctantly become allies.

From Today, It’s My Turn!! is an absolute blast. Even if laughs are not always its primary drive, each (long) episode is stuffed with humor, and most of the jokes land. The final episode is particularly hilarious since it introduces the two wannabe tough guys to the Yakuza, a clash of legitimacy that most delinquent anime try to avoid.

28 Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto

MyAnimeList: 7.55

havent you heard Im Sakamoto anime

Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto

Release Date
April 8, 2016

Studio
Studio Deen

Creator
Nami Sano

Number of Episodes
12

The “perfect” character trope can be tedious at times, as they often start to border on annoying after a certain point. But that’s not the case with Sakamoto: he literally is perfect.

The show follows the titular character, the coolest kid in school who is liked by everyone, and for good reason: everything he does, no matter how mundane, is awesome. The characters are a lot of fun, as are the subplots. While short, this funny anime is very rewatchable.

27 YuruYuri

MyAnimeList: 7.57 (Season 1)

Yuru Yuri - The four main characters standing together.

YuruYuri

Japanese Title
Yuru Yuri

Release Date
July 5, 2011

Studio
Doga Kobo, TYO Animations

Creator
Namori

Number of Episodes
42

As its name suggests, YuruYuri is almost exclusively about yuri love, although that does not mean romance is in the air. Doga Kobo’s anime revolves around a Middle School Amusement Club, which is just an excuse for a few friends to spend some time together. Akari, Kyoko, Yui, and Chinatsu serve as the show’s heart, but they are accompanied and occasionally eclipsed by a slew of fantastic secondary characters.

YuruYuri plays out like a conventional slice of life comedy, albeit one filled with characters who all seem to have crushes on their schoolmates. On the surface, this might sound repetitive, but the show does a great job of differentiating the girls’ relationships, infatuations, and personalities.

26 Silver Spoon

MyAnimeList: 8.09 (Season 1)

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Silver Spoon

Japanese Title
Gin no Saji

Release Date
January 12, 2013

Studio
A-1 Pictures

Creator
Hiromu Arakawa

Number of Episodes
22

Streaming Service(s)
Funimation

Following years of pressure to live up to his family’s expectations, the exhausted Yugo Hachiken decides to enroll at an agricultural school. As a city kid with no experience working on a farm nor much interest in the field, he is entirely ill-prepared for the challenge and quickly finds himself struggling to complete even the most basic of tasks. Fortunately, he is surrounded by generally helpful teachers and classmates.

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Silver Spoon‘s premise might be unusual, but the anime takes a fairly grounded approach to its characters and situations. Rather than an idiot who cannot do anything right, Hachiken is simply out of his depth, and the laughs come from watching him earnestly try to adapt to his new circumstances. The rest of the characters are awesome too. While often hilarious, Silver Spoon gets very real at times, and the show handles these dramatic moments well.

25 The 100 Girlfriends Who Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Love You

MyAnimeList: 7.81

100 Girlfriends Who Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Love You anime

The 100 Girlfriends Who Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Love You

Japanese Title
Kimi no Koto ga Daidaidaidaidaisuki na 100-nin no Kanojo

Release Date
October 8, 2023

Studio
Bibury Animation Studios

Creator
Rikito Nakamura

Number of Episodes
12

Comfortably among the funniest anime of 2023, The 100 Girlfriends Who Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Love You is an outlandish parody of harem tropes while simultaneously also being one of the most wholesome additions to that genre in a long time. Battle-worn after years of rejections, Rentarou prays that his fortune will change in high school, and his pleas are directly answered by a god. Due to an error in the system, Rentarou has 100 soulmates waiting for him, and he needs to add them all to his harem to ensure they have positive futures. So begins the ultimate harem where every girl is the best girl, love conquers all, and meta jokes await.

100 Girlfriends starts silly and quickly ramps up the mayhem with each new girl introduced, all of whom lean into specific archetypes without being consumed by them. Focusing heavily on slapstick and the occasional dose of cringe, this anime is a laugh riot with plenty of room to grow. Hopefully, a sequel is announced sooner rather than later as the adaptation has only scratched the surface of the manga’s chaotic brilliance.

24 Hinamatsuri

MyAnimeList: 8.13

Hinamatsuri anime hina and nitta

Hinamatsuri

Release Date
April 6, 2018

Studio
feel.

Creator
Masao Ōtake

Number of Episodes
12

Hinamatsuri tells the timeless tale of a Yakuza member who suddenly finds himself as the guardian of a powerful esper from another dimension. Whether he likes it or not, Nitta’s life is turned upside down thanks to the arrival of Hina, a girl who ran away from her realm where she was used as a weapon. While the two do not always get along, Nitt and Hina eventually develop an adorable and wholesome father-daughter dynamic.

Packed to the brim with great characters, Hinamatsuri takes viewers on an incredible roller-coaster ride. The show can go from a painfully hilarious skit fueled by Hina’s stoic demeanor or Hitomi’s odd maturity to a surprisingly emotional storyline that deals with homelessness.

23 Ghost Stories (English Dub)

MyAnimeList: 7.74

ghost stories anime characters

Ghost Stories

Japanese Title
Gakkou no Kaidan

Release Date
October 22, 2000

Studio
Pierrot

Creator
Tōru Tsunemitsu

Number of Episodes
20

Ghost Stories is an anomaly in the world of anime series. The original Japanese show follows a group of kids trying to protect their town from a group of malicious ghosts. The English dub, however, changes things juristically. The team in charge of the dub had very few rules and used that to their advantage, completely changing the dialogue and story to their liking and making it a knee-slapping comedy instead of a serious ghost-hunting show.

The dubbed dialogue is downright hilarious, featuring dark humor, pop culture references, and brilliant inside jokes. By no means a typical comedy anime series, Ghost Stories is a wicked fun ride for anyone looking for a “different” kind of animated humor.

22 The Eminence In Shadow

MyAnimeList: 8.30

The Eminence in Shadow episode 2

The Eminence In Shadow

Japanese Title
Kage no Jitsuryokusha ni Naritakute!

Release Date
October 5, 2022

Studio
Nexus

Creator
Daisuke Aizawa

Number of Episodes
20 (Season 1); 12 (Season 2)

Streaming Service(s)
HIDIVE

The Eminence in Shadow stars Cid, the ultimate edge lord who gets to live out his chuunibyou fantasy when he reincarnates in a world with magic. As this is an isekai, Cid is fairly overpowered, and his faux-deep ramblings about being the shadow that governs society are taken at face value by pretty much everyone he meets. In the meantime, the protagonist tries to play the part of a background character, a role that allows him to show off his acting skills.

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A self-aware parody of isekai and overpowered protagonist, The Eminence in Shadow takes its world fairly seriously, which only serves to emphasize Cid’s juvenile antics and nonsensical claims. Even though the secondary characters are not hilarious, they work brilliantly as foils to the protagonist while also getting a few moments to shine.

21 Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun

MyAnimeList: 7.83

Chiyo and Nozaki of Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun

Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun

Japanese Title
Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun

Release Date
July 7, 2014

Studio
Doga Kobo

Creator
Izumi Tsubaki

Number of Episodes
12

Streaming Service(s)
HIDIVE

Chiyo Sakura is head over heels for her schoolmate, the likable but dense Nozaki. One day, she finally gets the courage to ask out her crush; unfortunately, Nozaki misconstrues Sakura’s affection as admiration for his shojo manga. Before she knows it, the girl has earned a job as a mangaka’s assistant, which naturally leads to many more misunderstandings.

Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun is a charming romantic comedy that leans heavily into the latter side of things. Nozaki and Sakura are not only endearing characters in isolation, but they also bounce off each other beautifully. The leads do not have the carry the show on their backs either, as Doga Kobo’s anime has a plethora of great secondary characters.

20 Daily Lives Of High School Boys

MyAnimeList: 8.23

Daily Lives Of High School Boys anime

Daily Lives of High School Boys

Japanese Title
Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou

Release Date
January 10, 2012

Studio
Sunrise

Creator
Yasunobu Yamauchi

Number of Episodes
12

If someone’s imagination is free enough, even the mundane can be hilarious. Daily Lives of High School Boys is a gag comedy about a trio of perfectly ordinary boys doing perfectly ordinary things that just happen to often devolve into cringe territory.

Divided into skits, Sunrise’s anime is expertly paced to ensure nearly none of the jokes overstay their welcome. More importantly, the series knows when to revisit a storyline or situation to produce a couple more laughs.

19 Spy X Family

MyAnimeList: 8.58 (Season 1, Part 1)

spy x family 2 episode 1 anya funny

Spy x Family

Japanese Title
Spy x Family

Release Date
April 9, 2022

Studio
Wit Studio, CloverWorks

Creator
Tatsuya Endou

Number of Episodes
25 (Season 1); 12 (Season 2)

Spy x Family was among 2022’s shining beacons, airing two fun cours during Spring and Fall. The anime has already confirmed that a sequel is on the horizon, so the Forgers’ time in the sun is far from done. Set in a world defined by a fragile peace between two powerful states, Twilight is a superspy tasked with infiltrating an academy to get close to a politician. To accomplish this task, he becomes Loid Forger and adopts Anya, a charming girl who can secretly read minds. Loid also marries Yor, a quiet woman who moonlights as an assassin.

Spy x Family has exceptional characters who all inject a unique brand of comedy into the story. Anya tends to steal the spotlight due to her weird mix of innocence and insightfulness; while she can read the minds of adults, she does not always understand what she hears. Loid works well as Anya’s straight man, while Yor is a surprisingly great source for slapstick humor.

While not reaching the same heights as its predecessors, season 2 is also consistently charming and funny.

18 FLCL

MyAnimeList: 8.03 (Season 1)

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FLCL

Release Date
April 26, 2000

Studio
Gainax, Production I.G, Signal.MD, Production GoodBook, Nut, Revoroot, MontBlanc Pictures, Akatsuki

Number of Episodes
24

Streaming Service(s)
Hulu , Max

One of the most absurd comedy anime ever made, FLCL is a hilariously offbeat anime that fans can watch over and over again. The original series is a mere six episodes, but the animators and writers pack a lot into these fast-paced vignettes. Equal parts anime parody and surreal madness, FLCL is sort of a loose cannon, barely following a coherent plot, yet still acting as a cohesive comedy sitcom that ranks among the best anime series ever.

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The story involves a young boy and his misadventures in his small town after a chaotic alien girl arrives and robots begin popping out of his head. The jokes are so quick that viewers may need to watch it a second time just to catch every kernel of comedy gold. The visuals are amazing too.

17 Ouran High School Host Club

MyAnimeList: 8.16

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Ouran High School Host Club

Japanese Title
Ouran Koukou Host Club

Release Date
April 5, 2006

Studio
Bones

Creator
Bisco Hatori

Number of Episodes
26

A parody of other popular anime, Ouran High School Host Club is a silly high school comedy series at heart. The central character, Haruhi Fujioka, ends up in debt to a posh club of boys who “host” female clients.

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While that sounds suspicious, the show is actually laid back and funny in more than one way. Plot twists are this show’s bread and butter, and it does them better than most other anime series.

16 Space Dandy

MyAnimeList: 7.78 (Season 1)

The titular Space Dandy on an alien planet, firing his blaster gun.

Space Dandy

Release Date
January 5, 2014

Studio
Bones

Number of Episodes
26

Streaming Service(s)
Crunchyroll , Funimation , Hulu , Tubi

Space Dandy does a lot of things well, humor perhaps being the best one. Shinichirō Watanabe might be more known for anime series that balances comedy with other genres, but Space Dandy is much more comfortable making low-brow jokes and going for the silliest route possible.

There is still plenty of high-flying space action to soak in, but the comedic moments are the real showcase. Comedy fans should get their fill on all the absurd jokes the series throws their way.

15 Azumanga Daioh: The Animation

MyAnimeList: 8

Azumanga Daioh anime

Azumanga Daioh

Japanese Title
Azumanga Daiou

Release Date
April 9, 2002

Studio
J.C.Staff

Creator
Kiyohiko Azuma

Number of Episodes
26

Streaming Service(s)
HIDIVE

Azumanga Daioh‘s influence and importance cannot be understated. Both the manga and its anime adaptation helped set the standard for “cute girls doing cute things” type stories, paving the way for releases like Lucky Star and School Rumble. Those two series are pretty funny in their own right, but they fall short of the standard set by Azumanga Daioh.

The most amazing thing about this anime is that the humor flows naturally from characters who are fully grounded in reality. The comedy very rarely takes on surreal or outlandish elements, instead opting to focus on the cast’s charming and hilarious banter. Despite being more than two decades old, Azumanga Daioh is still as awesome as ever.

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